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Agency Views on Changes Resulting from New Administration Policy

By Department of National Security

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Book Id: WPLBN0000664600
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 356,683 KB.
Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Agency Views on Changes Resulting from New Administration Policy  
Author: Department of National Security
Language: English
Subject: Government Reference Publication, Transportation., Transportation Administrative Service Center (U.S.)
Collections: National Security Archive Collection
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Publisher: Transportation Security Administration


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Following the issuance of the Ashcroft memorandum, Justice changed its guidance for agencies on FOIA implementation to refer to and reflect the two primary policy changes in the memorandum. First, under the Ashcroft memorandum, agencies making decisions on discretionary disclosure are directed to carefully consider such fundamental values as national security, effective law enforcement, and personal privacy; the Reno memorandum had established an overall ?presumption of disclosure? and promoted discretionary disclosures to achieve ?maximum responsible disclosure.? Second, according to the Ashcroft memorandum, Justice will defend an agency?s withholding information if the agency has a ?sound legal basis? for such withholding under FOIA; under the Reno policy, Justice would defend an agency?s withholding information only when the agency reasonably foresaw that disclosure would harm an interest protected by an exemption.


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